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welcome to "world news." tonight, breaking news, a truck carrying radioactive materials was stolen. the truck has been found. so what happened to the cargo and how did this happen? polar express, a bone-chilling blast of cold hits half the country. watch drivers suddenly riding on ice. >> we're going to hit! we're going to hit! and hidden america, what you, our viewers, did to help a school considered one of the most dangerous in america. generosity bringing a season of hope. >> i never felt such joy in my life. good evening to you. as we come on the air there is a fast moving story that sounds impossible.
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a truck carrying highly radioactive material was sitting at a gas station in mexico when thieves seized it and drove away. as of this moment the truck has been found and a mexican official says so has some of the radioactive material. let's get the very latest on what is happening at this hour from abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. pierre? >> reporter: mexican officials have told us tonight that the truck has just been found with at least some of that extremely dangerous material. all day u.s. officials had been on heightened alert concerned about the highly radioactive material stolen in mexico. this medical device used in the treatment of cancer patients had been missing for two days. inside it, cobalt 60, a radioactive material described by authorities as "extremely dangerous," potentially lethal. the device was stored in a truck that was stolen on its way from tijuana to a radioactive waste
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storage facility not far from mexico city. on monday at 2:00 a.m., two armed men confronted the drivers at a remote gas station. the gunmen then took off with the truck and its cargo. authorities don't know who they are or if they even knew the radioactive material was on board. >> you could get a lethal dose in just a few minutes from being exposed to this source. >> reporter: u.s. officials have long been worried that stolen radioactive material could be used to make a so-called dirty bomb. if the company balt in the stolen truck had been combined with a conventional explosive, it could release harmful radiation. >> this is material that could be used, if used properly, in a very dangerous dirty bomb. they need to know how to handle the material without giving themselves incapacitating doses. >> reporter: the threat is focused on daily. it's part of the reason why there are radiation detection devices at the border. large drive through scanners and
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portable scanners worn by customs officials. according to a 2007 national study, a half a billion tons of radioactive materials are transported in the u.s. each year, the overwhelming majority by truck. the mexican truck had a gps tracker but it was not activated at the time of theft. mexican authorities say the container was found open with 40 grams of radioactive material discovered about a half a mile away. someone may have gotten a lethal dose of radiation. >> so they managed to move it? it was found open, pierre? >> that's what officials are telling us. diane, it's clear they didn't know quite what they had and that may prove deadly. >> pierre thomas, staying on this story for us tonight. thank you, pierre. and we move next tonight to the arctic blast, half of america tonight, 132 million people in 24 states watching temperatures plummet in a matter of hours. abc news weather editor ginger zee shows how we're doing tonight in the battle of man against nature. >> reporter: it's that brutal
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storm sending us careening into winter. roads littered with spinouts in salt lake. semis sliding in sioux city, iowa. even our minneapolis affiliate's truck, skidding. >> we're gonna hit, we're gonna hit! >> reporter: and then the inevitable. >> oohhh. >> reporter: the storm inspiring strong words in colorado springs. >> i hate this. >> reporter: but this is not just about snow, it's that biting record-breaking cold, terrorizing citrus crops in southern california. >> we've got our protection ready, we've got our crews ready, our water, our wind machines. >> reporter: watch this time lapse of a thermometer in denver, plunging from 54 to 10 in just 14 hours. when it's this cold, veteran postal carrier shelton rhodes has a strategy. >> you said layers, proper shoes and then water? >> yes, you have to drink plenty of water. >> reporter: another warning, frostbite. it can set in quick and can be deadly. in bismarck where the wind chill
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will drop to 40 below, you can get frostbite if exposed within ten minutes. while some are built for this kind of weather, the single digits temperatures and snow shutting down the denver zoo, most of the animals inside with new toys. >> got different toys to play with. >> even tv? >> yes. >> reporter: doing what so many of us are doing across this nation, hibernating. the next couple of days this storm gets ugly. let's get straight to the map and show you what we're concerned about, especially the areas there in pink. from dallas to little rock is ice accumulation. a half to three quarters of an inch. that would mean downed power lines and trees. that's going to be an issue. snow above that and then that cold. we're looking at today through the end of the week, 40s in vegas, fargo subzero and look at dallas, almost 80 today slipping below freezing and, yes, those are high temperatures, diane. >> ginger, thank you for that. i want to congratulate you and welcome you to your big new role here at abc news leading us on
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the weather. it's great. >> thank you so much. honored. we move to the west now and the search for a family that vanished when a plane piloted by their dad disappeared in idaho, a haunting beacon sent a signal they needed help. tonight abc's clayton sandell with the latest at this hour. >> reporter: rescue teams spent another frustrating day searching for a faint emergency beacon like this one, calling from somewhere in this rugged idaho wilderness. search planes are now flying with heat-sensing cameras, desperately trying to find silicon valley executive dale smith and his family. >> obviously, our hearts are breaking. we just want our family back. >> reporter: the single engine beach bonanza took off from baker city, oregon sunday, headed for butte, montana. but near yellow pine, idaho, smith radioed controllers about engine trouble, asking for directions to a nearby airstrip.
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but the plane never made it, vanishing from the radar. smith is an experienced pilot. his love of flying seen in this family video he made just three weeks ago. after thanksgiving, he was flying his son daniel and daniel's wife sheree back home. also on board, daughter amber and jonathan norton, her fiance. their wedding just three weeks away. family and friends know that after three nights of subzero cold, time may be running out. >> continue your prayers and continue to hope for a miracle. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. in other news tonight president obama said the growing gap between rich and poor threatens america's founding ideals and he calls for a raise in the minimum wage to $10 an hour. his remarks come ahead of a day of protest, fast food workers in this country in some 100 cities plan to walk off the job tomorrow to push for higher pay. meanwhile vice-president biden was in china shaking
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things up within hours of arriving there. the first stop on his two-day visit, it was the u.s. embassy where he told a group of mostly young people, chinese waiting in line for visas, they should challenge their own government, saying innovation can occur only when you breathe free. and back here at home, chicago police are reporting some welcome news tonight, what could be the fewest number of homicides since 1965. to the end of november there were 380 homicides reported and at this time last year the number was 474. after last year's surge in violence, the police launched a sweeping crime fighting initiative including more officers on patrol. next here tonight, proof that generosity can change lives. it's part of our hidden america series. last may i reported on strawberry mansion, a high school inside philadelphia, for five years considered one of the most dangerous schools in america. you met that night the valiant
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principle trying to save her students and her school. tonight we just want you to know how you helped as hidden america returns to a school and their dreams. >> reporter: the school we showed you last spring was a school on a hair trigger. strawberry mansion, 49 serious incidents like the ones we filmed and often principle linda wayman caught in the middle. the day i was there, a fight. students trying to protect me. students and the principle trying to hold it together. >> remember, if nobody told you they loved you today, you remember i do. >> reporter: a principle trying to give the children who wanted to learn enough safety to do so, like this quiet 9th grader named malaysia who told me she was bullied a lot. >> because i'm little. >> reporter: students like razzaq who tried to show up at school every day even though it
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was tough in the cramped quarters at home. >> what are your favorite subjects? >> chemistry. i like learning about the atoms and periodic table. >> reporter: we saw good students like senior christine holland who didn't have the deposit fee for the college she loved. a tough talking principle in despair. then our report and your unbelievable response. >> just when i really did think there was no hope in america, then you all aired the special. i never felt such joy in my life. when them phones started ringing, oh, my god, somebody -- somebody besides me actually do care. >> reporter: right away you, our viewers, moved in. that senior, christine holland who didn't have the fee for the college she loved, got a
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scholarship. so did 12 other seniors heading off to college. and you helped make sure the school had a lot of basic necessities like books and calculators and notebooks. the students themselves requested school uniforms and in part because of money from you, our viewers, they got them. tonight little malaysia now in the 10th grade is doing well. and razzaq? he's a bit more confident than he was. he has moved outside of philadelphia and is living with his father. there is still a reality at strawberry mansion. there are still sites like this one posted on youtube. and the girl being hit by the way, who luckily escaped injury, is the same young woman who stepped in when i was there to try to protect me. >> we don't want nobody to hit diane. >> reporter: over all the number of serious incidents at strawberry mansion has plummeted so much that for the first time in six years this school is no
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longer considered one of the most dangerous in the country. and if there is one thing that symbolizes what has happened at this school, it is this. for 62 years the school could only dream of its own football team. tonight not only do they have one, meet the strawberry mansion knights who ended their very first season last month undefeated. >> undefeated! first season ever. >> in this community, in this school, we get no victory. we don't win anything. i might not be able to get them into harvard but i can give them hope. don't underestimate the power of hope because when children have hope, they can succeed. >> and we have more stories of the power of hope coming up tonight on "nightline." be sure to watch, including the story of a music superstar who decided to give the students something big. find out what tonight.
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off right before the crash at 82 miles per hour. >> it was a shock to him. he was stunned. he caught himself but he caught himself too late. >> reporter: what his lawyer says rockefeller felt well rested earlier that morning, that he had succumbed not to sleep, but to something called "highway hypnosis" -- a kind of trance-like state usually associated with the boredom of long distance driving. >> people that often tell you they have been hypnotized by the highway are in fact, very very sleepy. >> reporter: fatigue is a factor in many transportation accidents. the air disaster outside buffalo in 2009 blamed on pilot fatigue. on the roads experts estimate as many as 250,000 drivers nod off every day. look at this woman, caught on tape, seemingly fast asleep. many victims of something called micro-sleep -- episodes of sleep as brief as a few seconds. your eyes can be open, but your brain is asleep. >> micro sleep is very brief
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transition from wakefulness to sleep. it can last up to maybe 20 or 30 seconds. >> reporter: i found out first hand when i investigated the effect of sleep deprivation on driving -- staying awake for 30 hours, then getting wired up and behind the wheel on a test track. i thought i had done okay but my brain scans showed i'd dozed off 22 times, without realizing it. those jagged lines signaling sleep. >> you had dozens of times when your eyes began rolling around in their sockets. >> reporter: the question investigators are trying to answer now, did lack of sleep play a role or william rockefeller there, too. they are looking at fatigue as a possible factor. again, his lawyer insists he felt fine, well rested, reported for work at 5:00 that sunday morning and keep in mind he made nine stops with no problem, diane, before that deadly crash. >> i want to go back to what happened to you. more than 20 times your brain waves show you were sleeping and
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you didn't know it. >> i did not remember any of those times and i was asleep for a second or two. it can happen. >> real cautionary tale for everybody driving. thank you so much, ron. coming up right here. they have found her, the new wonder woman. hollywood has ended the search for someone to replace the spinning tv superhero. tonight we'll tell you who. spinning tv superhero. tonight we'll tell you who. vo: it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit or call 1-800-medicare i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes.
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love with dogs that play and fly. >> i'll post their pictures on facebook at night and a lot of times i'll wake up and people are like, did they get their home yet. >> reporter: scott and sherry lynch were watching the facebook page when she saw carlos' picture flash by. >> he's not boring like cats. >> reporter: they adopted him the next day. >> if we had just gone to the shelter i would have never looked at him because he's big and who would know she's such a sweetheart, thanks to shannon. >> reporter: she says the key is taking pictures that show the joy of the real dog, instead of the frustration that frightens families when they visit shelters. they screen each dog here for behavior and socialability but sometimes it takes convincing. >> everybody finds themselves having bad times and these dogs have just fallen on hard times. >> reporter: which takes us back to harold. his new family saw shannon's pictures and rushed to bring him home. giving this story a wonderful
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ending. shannon johnson, photographer and america strong. steve osunsami, abc news, raleigh. >> we thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at "nightline" later and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. "nightline" later and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight a brake problem that triggered a breakdown on bart >> camera is not shaking but it's going to be a cold night with freeze warnings and possibility of record low
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temperatures. >> why there is no sign of a missing pilot and family. >> and birth of identical trip lets how rare these look alike sisters really are. >> cold, getting colder, we're expecting records to reach new lows over next 12 hours or so. >> if you thought last night was cold wait until you get through tonight. north bay under a freeze warning kicking in at 9:00 tonight. take a look at what people on the peninsula woke up tochlt a layer of frost on the lawn and a thick coat of ice on hoods of cars. >> two days ago, probably into 50 and today is 37. it's freezing. >> we begin with spencer
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christian. >> it's freezing. and will get frostier. here is live doppler seven hd. clear skies now, temperatures dropping sharply. let's talk about the freeze warning just pointed out covers virtually all of the bay area except san francisco. from north bay to east bay, south bay, we expect subfreezing temperatures. this freeze warning in affect from 9:00 tonight to 9:00 morning. exposed pipes could burst. into central valley, there will be a hard freeze it's a cold snap for us. looking at the skyline, here is a look at some of the coldest areas that we expect tonight. lowest temperatures, i should say, 23 in santa rosa. 22 napa. fairfield, 25. 27 livermore, morgan hill, 25. i think you get the pick tushgs going to be a brutally cold night.

ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC December 4, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm PST

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TOPIC FREQUENCY America 13, Us 8, Abc 8, U.s. 3, Idaho 3, Harold 2, Shannon Johnson 2, Shannon 2, Razzaq 2, Emma 2, Diane 2, Ashton 2, Pierre Thomas 2, Daniel 2, Raleigh 2, Celebrex 2, Malaysia 2, Mexico 2, Clayton Sandell 2, Steve Osunsami 2
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